Posts Tagged ‘butterflies’

How to tell apart four orange and black butterflies

Graphic of four butterflies and their wingspans

An orange and black butterfly flits by. Many people immediately think “monarch,” but there are actually quite a number of orange and black butterflies in Iowa and throughout the United States. Three butterflies in the Iowa Great Lakes area that often get confused with the monarch butterfly are the painted lady, viceroy and red admiral.…

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Foods we wouldn’t have without pollinators

Graphic that says cardamom, cashews, cherries, chocolate, coconuts, coffee, coriander, cranberries

What if you couldn’t have any almonds or cashews in that nut mix you love to snack on? What if you couldn’t eat sesame chicken because sesame didn’t exist anymore? What if bananas, blueberries and tomatoes weren’t on the shelves anymore? One in three bites of food that we take is due to pollinators, and…

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Native Iowa butterflies and moths: Skippers and swallowtails

Photo of an eastern swallowtail

More than 70 species of butterflies have been spotted in Dickinson County. And yet, the order Lepidoptera is made up of about 90 percent moths. So between butterflies and moths, there is a lot of fluttering action going on around us. (Learn the difference between butterflies and moths.) During the first Pollinator Education Series program, naturalist Ashley…

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Help fund family fun at Pollinator Paradise

Photo of stonework completed on construction project

We love pollinators at the Dickinson County Nature Center. And we want to share that love with you. That’s why the Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County is continuing to raise funds to complete the new Pollinator Paradise addition to the nature center in Okoboji. (See construction updates here.) Construction began on the $1.7 million addition…

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Progress on Pollinator Paradise

Photo of people holding shovels at groundbreaking

Construction on the new Pollinator Paradise addition to the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji is officially underway. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday, July 11, at the nature center, and construction will continue through March 2018. Fundraising is ongoing for Phase 2 of the project, which will be completion of children’s-museum quality exhibits on…

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A hidden gem of an exhibit at the nature center

Photo of butterflies in the Wallace exhibit

The Iowa Great Lakes area has many antique stores, consignment shops, secondhand retailers. We go inside looking for discounts on needed items or the thrilling hunt for something we didn’t know we needed. Okoboji native Bob Heggestad was on a hunt in Arlington, VA, in the late 1970s when he spotted a beautiful rosewood cabinet.…

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Monarch Watch’s population update

Photo of a monarch caterpillar

For those of you wondering about the monarch population this year, here is a recent update from the University of Kansas’ Monarch Watch program. “As most of you know, the summer of 2015 produced a strong migration and a relatively large overwintering population (4.01 hectares). To place this population growth in context, let’s review the…

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